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November 16, 2017
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CDC: Veterinarian probably caught avian influenza from infected cat
CDC scientists say a veterinarian in New York probably contracted H7N2 avian influenza from an infected cat at an animal shelter nearly a year ago. The case study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, indicates that H7N2 has undergone "many genetic changes" and continues to evolve. The veterinarian recovered, but the infected cat died.
HealthDay News (11/15) 
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Researchers work to transform osteosarcoma care
Researchers work to transform osteosarcoma care
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Standard treatment of osteosarcoma, an aggressive and highly metastatic cancer to which large and extra-large dogs in particular are prone, generally includes amputation, chemotherapy and sometimes radiation, says veterinary oncologist Sue Ettinger. The Morris Animal Foundation and Bone Cancer Dogs are among the groups funding osteosarcoma studies that include vaccine candidates, rapamycin, microRNA targets and nanoparticles.
JAVMA News (11/15) 
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USDA conditionally approves DNA-based avian influenza vaccine for chickens
The USDA granted conditional approval to a DNA-based avian influenza vaccine from AgriLabs subsidiary Benchmark Biolabs and Nature Technology, according to the companies. The agent is the first DNA vaccine to gain US approval for influenza for veterinary use, and it's one of the first DNA vaccines for food animals in the US.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (11/16) 
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WSAVA addresses brachycephaly, oral health, meat trade
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association released guidelines on dental care, held a panel discussion on brachycephalic dogs and issued a position statement expressing concern about dogs and cats in the meat trade. The WSAVA encouraged veterinarians to take action "against the breeding of dogs with excessive traits," follow best practices and reject anesthesia-free dentistry, and support controls and regulations regarding the trade of dog and cat meat.
JAVMA News (11/15) 
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Woman infected with antibiotic-resistant brucellosis after drinking raw milk
A cease-and-desist order was issued by New Jersey's Department of Health demanding that Udder Milk stop selling unpasteurized raw milk after a woman who drank the company's raw milk became infected with antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. The health department is working with the CDC and the USDA to find out where the company is getting its raw milk, and as of this morning, Udder Milk was still marketing raw cow, goat and camel milk on its website with delivery options to Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.
Food Safety News (11/14) 
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Don't share the Thanksgiving feast with Fido
Turkey skin and bones, onion and garlic, grapes, chocolate and corn on the cob slipped to the family dog under the Thanksgiving dinner table can cause serious harm. Dogs should also be kept from eating gravy, raw dough and raisins.
KXTV-TV (Sacramento, Calif.)/Tegna (11/14) 
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USDA delays effective date of organic livestock standards
USDA delays effective date of organic livestock standards
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The USDA postponed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule to May 14, 2018, because of what the Agricultural Marketing Service says is an error in cost-benefit calculations. Some veterinarians and farmers had expressed concerns that the regulations compromised biosecurity and would result in higher avian mortality rates.
Food Safety News (11/14) 
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Around the Office
5 steps to get started on budgeting
Working out a budget can be a make-or-break factor in your company's performance. To help you get started, Sean Stein Smith of Lehman College lays out five budgeting basics, starting with calculating business costs and separating business and personal spending.
Inc. online (11/13) 
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AVMA members: Get charitable help for clients facing hardship
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation's Veterinary Care Charitable Fund (VCCF) program gives veterinary hospitals a way to offer low or no-cost services to clients who might otherwise be forced to surrender or euthanize pets. The VCCF is a tax-exempt program that allows AVMA members to accept tax-deductible donations to cover the costs of charitable veterinary care for needy clients and patients. Visit the AVMA@Work blog to learn more about the program and how to enroll.
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Spaying & Neutering — One size doesn't fit all
Stay up-to-date on the latest research surrounding spaying and neutering so you can make the best recommendations for your patients. Webinars, literature review, and other resources available through the AVMA.
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